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Dark Side of Soy

nourishing_chat.jpgNutrition powerhouses Sally Fallon and Mary Enig (the authors of “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats“) write passionately about the “dark side of America’s favorite health food”–SOY–in the July/August edition of Well Being Journal.
Researchers and doctors are seeing thyroid dysfunctions in sensitive women who consume as little as two servings of soy a day. Other scientists are studying soy’s effects on “brain aging.”
And don’t get the article’s authors started on soy formula for babies. Fallon and Enig are campaigning to take soy formula off the market. A professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University named Naomi Baumslad is quoted, saying soy formulas can be damaging to newborns.
My kids drank some soy formulas when they were infants. I think I’d not give them any soy formula again, reading this now.
Here’s an online version of the whole article, which comes on very strong against a soy lobby that is now powerful within the commercial food industry. The main message is: don’t assume soy is the healthy protein that has saved all Asia from the health problems of the West. Check package ingredients for soy meal powders to see where soy is sneaking into your diet. Keep your essential fatty acid consumption up and eat seafoods when you can to offset the effect of soy’s isoflavones.

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posted June 22, 2007 at 3:45 pm

I can’t say for sure whether this is FUD or science but I can say soy is addictive to me at least and I do not feel good without it. Nor do i plan on stopping. My children were raised on it with no negative medical effects nor do i suffer from the memory problems described in the article above. Despite the fact i eat large amounts of soy, a least a quart of soy milk a day plus soy in other forms. So I would tend to not believe this but of course I’ve heard it for years.

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Linda M Bemis

posted June 23, 2007 at 8:50 am

Soy is a life saver. My son could’t keep the dry milk formula down. How would you feel if soy was not available? Many adults depend on it. Science can’t be right every time. What is lacking in your diet? Omega3? Vitamins and minerals? Don’t take soy away from the many who depend on it. It is the only alternative to dry milk.

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Bill Diaz

posted June 23, 2007 at 11:59 am

“Science can’t be right every time. ”
True at face value but science is self correcting and the results, of any claim, can and should be dublicated or they are deemed false. Are there other studies that come to the same conclusion. Do any refute these claims?

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posted June 24, 2007 at 7:33 am

Eating a variety of foods is always a good idea. Many Americans get too much corn, too much wheat, too much meat, too much dairy, and too much sugar in their diets, causing heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. The article about the dangers of soy reads a bit alarmist to me with no specific study references to support the claims.

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posted June 25, 2007 at 10:16 am

OK, maybe I’m thinking of something else, but is it not recommended that you give babies soy formula in the first place?

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Laura Stanley

posted June 25, 2007 at 5:28 pm

It’s important to remember that Fallon and Enig are pretty radical fringe–gadflies who take extreme (and extremely interesting)positions against conventional dietetic creed. That’s not to say that they’re necessary wrong about soy. But, from them, I find the message suspect.
That said, common sense tells us it’s probably a bad idea to rely too heavily on a modern processed food like soy protein. My daughter loves edamame, and I enjoy a glass of EdenSoy once in a while. That’s about as far as I’m comfortable going.

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